Belmont, Perth,
25
October
2013
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05:00
Australia/Perth

St John Ambulance opens new Morley depot

A new $2.2 million ambulance depot in Morley will provide St John Ambulance with a modern base for the local emergency ambulance and patient transfer services.

St John Ambulance Chief Executive Officer Tony Ahern said the new Collier Road depot would provide an excellent and functional ambulance service to the surrounding community, allowing for future growth.

“St John has taken great care in creating a depot that is practical, aesthetically pleasing and will serve the community for decades to come,” Mr Ahern said.

“This building includes some wonderful features such as a 10 bay ambulance garage, medical store room, dining and resting facilities for paramedics and a training room and office for Event Health Services.”

Mr Ahern thanked the Department of Health for partly funding the new depot.

Mr Ahern said the site was adjacent to the Dick Lucas Reserve which holds special sentiment as Dick Lucas was a long standing volunteer ambulance officer from the Morley area.

“It is tremendous that we have this strong link to the past in such close proximity. St John is proud of its history of service to humanity and in particular the Western Australian community,” he said.

“Having said that St John is also very focussed on providing a modern, sustainable ambulance service which is why we have committed to a large capital works program across the State.”

Mr Ahern said the new facility will also act as a training venue for St John volunteers, who provide first aid at events.

“Our Event Health Services volunteers are very important and venues like this allow them to keep vital skills up to date. In 2012/13 these volunteers treated 5,163 patients at 1,691 different events.”

Construction of the new depot began last December.

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